Timings : 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, Sabarmati Ashram is undoubtedly the biggest tourist attraction situated in the 5km north of Ahmedabad's centre, Gujarat. Located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, it is also referred to as the 'Gandhi Ashram', 'Mahatma Gandhi Ashram' and most importantly, 'Satyagraha Ashram' as Gandhi began the famous 'Dandi March' from here. It is believed that Mahatma Gandhi chose this site for it is located between a prison and a cemetery and a Satyagrahi is likely to end up in one of these. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has recognised the Ashram as a national monument.
The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram has a number of other establishments within its bounds. The most famous among them is the museum 'Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya' which has some of Gandhi's personal letters and photographs on display. The museum was initially located in Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi's own hut in the ashram, but was formally shifted here when the museum was built in 1963. There are other buildings and sites within the Gandhi Ashram known as Nandini, Vinoba Kutir, Upasana Mandir, and Magan Niwas. These buildings are named after people who were close to Gandhi.
Air: From Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International airport, the ashram is situated at a distance of 7.9 km. Bus and taxis are available outside the airport.
Rail: From Ahmedabad junction, Sabarmati ashram is about 6.9 kilometers away. Bus, taxi or autorickshaw can be taken to reach the ashram from the station.
Road: Since Sabarmati ashram is a major tourist spot, many road transport buses of Gujarat tourism run to the ashram.
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